Lion of Judah Programs: January – June 2022

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Join Lions of Judah of Greater Washington to explore three issues critical to our Jewish community this year!

Please read on and mark your calendars for exciting opportunities ahead.

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Deep Dive – *New* Lion of Judah Learning Cohorts
A four-part series from January – June 2022

We are proud to have launched three intimate Lion of Judah learning cohorts to deepen our understanding of three issues crucial to the Jewish community. Each topic will be covered in four sessions and facilitated by Orlee Turlitz.

Deep Dive into Our Communal Connection with Israel
Co-chairs: Shary Levitt, Lisie Gottdenker, and Jeanie Milbauer 

Deep Dive into Communal Security Amidst Rising Antisemitism
Co-chairs: Leslie Janis, Alexis Cohen Gantsoudes, and Mindy Strelitz

Deep Dive into Creating a Vibrant and Inclusive Jewish Community
Co-chairs: Stephanie Schwartz and Laurie Friedman


The Learning Cohorts are currently at capacity. Should anyone be unable to participate, we will reach out to women on the waitlist.   

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Lion of Judah Community Conversations

Lions of Judah from across Greater Washington participated in three community-wide conversations to explore three critical issues with leading experts.

Antisemitism & Security in Today’s World
This conversation explored the rise in antisemitism and the role each of us play in keeping our community secure. Featuring Meredith R. Wiesel, Regional Director of ADL’s Washington DC office.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM

American Jewry and Israel: Connecting in a Changing Relationship
Featuring Michal Cotler-Wunsh and Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh
November 30, 2021

From Welcoming to Belonging: Building an Inclusive Jewish Future
Featuring Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Rachel Goldschmidt, and Joshua Maxey
February 22, 2022


International Lion of Judah Conference 2022: The Woman Behind the Pin

SAVE THE DATE: December 11 – 13, 2022, Phoenix, AZ
Join us in Phoenix, AZ for the International Lion of Judah Conference—the premier gathering of dynamic, philanthropic Jewish women. Together, we will examine the changing face of our world, be inspired, give back, and empower one another to do more.

Because of your leadership and generosity, Lions of Judah are also invited to participate in Pomegranate events throughout the year.

SAVE THE DATE: Pre-Opening Tour of the Capital Jewish Museum

May 24, 2022 (registration forthcoming)
Join Federation’s Pomegranates for an exclusive pre-opening tour of the brand-new Capital Jewish Museum in Washington, DC.

Stay tuned for details about our Pomegranates and Lions of Judah Mission to Alabama this fall—a unique mission to explore the civil rights struggle in America.

Questions? Please contact Natalia Straus at [email protected].


Jill Granader and Marla Schulman
Lion of Judah Co-Chairs

Shary Levitt, Lisie Gottdenker, and Jeanie Milbauer (Communal Connection with Israel)
Alexis Cohen Gantsoudes, Leslie Janis, and Mindy Strelitz
(Security and Rising Antisemitism)
Stephanie Schwartz
and Laurie Friedman (Vibrant and Inclusive Jewish Community)
Lion of Judah Learning Cohort Co-Chairs

Kerry Iris
Vice President of Women’s Philanthropy

Robin Hettleman Weinberg
Vice President for Financial Resource Development

Natalia Straus
Director of Donor Engagement, Women’s Philanthropy

Sarah Klein
Senior Director, Donor Engagement